Definition: Services for collective consumption

European System of Accounts (ESA)

Collective services are provided simultaneously to all members of the community or all members of a particular section of the community, such as all households living in a particular region. Collective services have the following characteristics: 

a) they can be delivered simultaneously to every member of the community or to particular sections of the community, such as those in a particular region or locality; 
b) the use of such services is usually passive and does not require the explicit agreement or active participation of all the individuals concerned; 
c) the provision of a collective service to one individual does not reduce the amount available to other in the same community or section of the community (ESA 2010, ESA 1995).
Eurostat, "European System of National and Regional Accounts - ESA 2010", Luxembourg, 2013

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